If you haven't yet read ESPN's Wright Thompson's piece on the sociology of the White House basketball games, the screening games, the Washingtonians angling to play with Obama, it's really a must-read -- the defining story on Obama's Washington. One thing you can't help taking away from a piece on the key to access in Obama's White House: There are almost no women in the story, and none on the court.Howie P.S.: "Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash." gets a mention in the ESPN-OTL story:
In December, there wasn't a regular pickup game in the House gym. By February, lots of congressmen had rediscovered their love for the sport. Former NFL quarterback Heath Shuler, D-N.C., is the game's commish, and they go almost every morning at 6:30. "I've been playing for the last month or so again," says Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash. "Everybody wants to get in on the first administration versus Congress basketball game."